Au Bon Climat
au bon climat pinot noir isabelle 2019 750ml
$59.99 SPECIAL $51.95
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Au Bon Climat has made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County for 40 years. Our winemaking philosophy and winemaking practices have changed little over that time. Older equipment has been replaced by newer technologies, but better equipment improved the wines and allowed for gentler processing. We still hand pick and sort heavily in the vineyard. We still use open top fermenters allowing us to “punch down” by hand. Our top Pinot Noirs are never pumped, only moved by gravity. These high end Pinots are aged in new French Oak. Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir is basically the same since 1982, only better.
Isabelle is unlike any other Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir. Our top Pinot Noirs prior to making Isabelle in 1994 were all single vineyard wines. Isabelle was the first top end Pinot Noir that was a blend from different locations. After the birth of his daughter in 1995, Jim Clendenen wanted to make a special wine in her honor. Isabelle has developed into a unique young woman and her wine is unique for Au Bon Climat, a blended, high end Pinot Noir. We blend the best barrels from at least six different vineyards. These vineyards range from two vineyards in northern California, one in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, and another in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, along with five or six of the top vineyards from the Central Coast. Making the best wine from our best barrels is the goal, so the blend has varied over the years. After tasting the best lots, we go through the barrel selection process. This tasting process takes a few days, after the initial selection, the barrels are reevaluated a few months later just prior to putting Isabelle together.
The 2019 is deep, complex, and thoughtful. Though it has all the stuffing to age, the wine is forward with an enticing suppleness that makes it quite enjoyable now. Dried cherry, raspberry tart, spicy oak, and hints of earth and forest floor all emerge from the glass. Even though Isabelle is their “richest” Pinot Noir with loads of intensity and power, it is still balanced and food friendly. It is a complete Pinot Noir with oak, tannin, alcohol, fruit and acid all brought together in one seamless statement. Isabelle is a Pinot Noir for any special occasion: holiday celebrations, festive dinners, or just to make any day exceptional.
JD94, Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2019 Pinot Noir Isabelle comes from six different vineyards and four different AVAs. Its medium ruby hue gives way to a plump, rounded, beautifully textured, medium-bodied effort displaying lots of spicy red fruits, notes of flowers, new leather, and sandalwood, supple tannins, and plenty of mid-palate depth. Wonderfully balanced, it’s a charming, classic, impeccably made Pinot Noir."